Ulysse Nardin Introduces the Themarine Torpilleur Moonphase Aventurine & the Diver Starry Night

Last Updated: November 8, 2023Tags: ,

Ulysse Nardin is an independent manufacturer of high-end Swiss watches, distinguished for pioneering horological innovations and mastery in decorative arts and extraordinary watches. The brand has recently transformed the Diver Starry Night, and the Marine Torpilleur Moonphase Aventurine watches with the use of aventurine glass, drawing inspiration from Ulysse Nardin’s historic maritime timekeepers, which have been the pinnacle of dependable navigational aids.

The creation of aventurine glass is steeped in lore, tracing back to an accidental discovery in the 18th century by a Venetian artisan on Murano Island, renowned for its glassmaking. A mishap resulted in copper shavings blending with molten glass, birthing the shimmering ‘avventurina,’ or aventurine glass, demanding exceptional manipulation skill. Only the most flawless, bubble-free slices, studded consistently with copper sparkles, are selected to craft the watch dials.

Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, Ulysse Nardin garnered acclaim as a premier supplier of deck chronometers, serving over 50 naval forces surveying bodies, and observatories globally. Its precise instruments were vital for maritime navigation. The brand’s legacy led to the creation of the signature Marine Chronometer. In 2017, this lineage was furthered by the launch of the Marine Torpilleur, a watch encapsulating the aesthetic and functional essence of its progenitor.

The Marine Torpilleur Moonphase Aventurine, a rare series limited to 300 units, showcases a dial mimicking a starlit sky encased in a 42 mm stainless steel shell. It houses the UN-119 calibre, birthed entirely within Ulysse Nardin’s workshops, featuring a DIAMonSIL escapement and a silicon balance spring for enhanced durability. Notably, the timepiece sports a dual counter for power reserve and seconds alongside a moon phase display, augmenting its nocturnal charm. A blue alligator leather strap complements this water-resistant marvel.

Conversely, the Diver Starry Night evokes the galaxy’s allure with its striking dial, born from layering mother-of-pearl with blue aventurine glass. Adorned with diamonds along its bezel and hour markers, its UN-816 calibre heart employs a silicon escapement. The 39 mm stainless steel diver’s watch is designed to endure depths up to 300 metres, with either a rubber or alligator strap, and ensures visibility in low light with SuperLuminova®-coated elements.

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Further Information

Reference number 1193-310LE-3A-AVE/1A
Movement UN-119 Manufacture calibre
Automatic movement
Hours, minutes, small seconds, moon phase, power reserve indicator
Silicon balance spring
DIAMonSIL escapement wheel and anchor
222 components / 45 jewels
Frequency 4 Hz / Oscillating at 28,800 vph
Case Polished and satin-finished stainless steel case
Fluted bezel
Open sapphire case-back in stainless steel
Diameter 42mm
Water resistance 50m
Power reserve 60 hours
Dial Dial in blue aventurine
Double counter with power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock, small seconds and
moon phase disc at 6 o’clock
The moon is transferred onto the counter, which adds elegance when it shows
itself against the starry sky
Rhodium-plated hands
Strap Blue alligator leather strap
Compatible with R-STRAP/ rubber strap/ metal strap
Stainless steel folding buckle
Price 12’900 CHF
13’800 EUR (incl. 21% VAT)
13’600 USD (excl. tax)


Further Information

Reference number 8163-182B1-3A/3A (rubber strap)
8163-182B1-3A/1A (alligator strap)
Movement Calibre UN-816
Automatic movement
Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Silicon escapement wheel and anchor
205 components / 19 jewels
Frequency 4 Hz / Oscillating at 28,800 vph
Case Polished and satin-finished stainless steel case
Stainless steel bezel set with 40 diamonds (0.8 carats)
Concave bezel with domed sapphire crystal
Wind rose engraved on the stainless steel case-back
Diameter 39mm
Water resistance 300m
Power reserve 42 hours
Dial Superimposed mother-of-pearl and aventurine plates
11 diamonds (0.12 carats) on the hour markers
Date at 6 o’clock
Hands and 12 o’clock hour marker coated with SuperLuminova®
Strap Blue structured rubber strap
White alligator leather strap
Stainless steel tang buckle
Price 13’900 CHF
14’900 EUR (incl. 21% VAT)
14’700 USD (excl. tax)